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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Lexus has a proud history of supporting the best in creativity, design and craftsmanship. The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship is the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia. It aims to develop and foster new talent by allowing four up-and-coming writer/director/filmmakers to be assessed by key industry figures and to premiere their work at the Sydney Film Festival. 

Not only is the Fellowship an opportunity for emerging talent to kick-start their career, but it ultimately contributes to the longevity of the medium, and to the Australian filmmaking industry. 

Lexus and the Sydney Film Festival truly support up-and-coming filmmakers by creating a unique opportunity to explore the art of filmmaking using all the latest technology with guidance from renowned industry experts. This type of mentorship is strongly aligned to Lexus’ core carmaking practice of Takumi craftsmanship, whereby master craftsmen teach and inspire the next generation. 

Still taken from 'Kaya', one of the winners of the 2017 instalment

FOSTERING GREAT ARTISTIC VOICES

Launched in 2015, the Fellowship is led by an industry jury, which has previously been chaired by screen legends Judy Davis and David Wenham. Presiding over the selection process in 2018 as Jury Chair is celebrated Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp, who will be joined by Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia’s Vin Naidoo, Australian producer Greer Simpkin (Sweet Country) and President of the Australian Directors’ Guild Samantha Lang.

“The Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship successfully discovers and supports the next generation of creative talent by allowing emerging filmmakers to explore new ideas and refine their craft,” said Vin Naidoo, Senior Manager, Sales & Marketing, Lexus Australia. “Lexus Australia is very proud to be partnered with this initiative.”

Of her appointment as Jury Chair for 2018, Marta Dusseldorp said that, “the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship for 2018 will give four Australian filmmakers the support to carry on telling their unique stories. I’m thrilled to be a part of this meaningful contribution to great artistic voices, which continue to be as important as ever.”

 

Still taken from 'My boy Oleg', one of the winners of the 2017 instalment
Still taken from 'The Coin', one of the winners of the 2017 instalment

GROUNDBREAKING PROJECTS BROUGHT TO LIFE

Fellowship winners each receive $50,000 to produce their next short film, to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival.

The inaugural Fellows premiered their short films at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. Red Ink by Alex Ryan, How the Light Gets In by Anya Beyersdorf, Snow by Alex Murawski and Outbreak Generation by Brooke Goldfinch screened at the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Gala, and were also screened as part of the program at the State Theatre.

David Wenham, the Jury Chair for 2017, has said, “The Fellowship is a significant investment in filmmakers looking to bring their next ground-breaking project to life.”

The 2017 Fellows, Emily Avila, Goran Stolevski, Lara Köse and Thomas Baricevic, will premiere their short films at the 2018 Festival.

Submissions for the 2018 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship are now closed. For any related questions, please contact Sydney Film Festival’s Industry & Guest Manager, Lisa Kitching at lisa@sff.org.au

Lexus is thrilled to support future generations of Australian filmmakers with the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship. For more information, visit https://www.sff.org.au/about/lexus-fellowship/

Still taken from 'Fitting', one of the winners of the 2017 instalment